'Don’t memorize your lines': Jake Gyllenhaal spills Guy Ritchie's artistry while shooting 'The Covenant'

'Don’t memorize your lines': Jake Gyllenhaal spills Guy Ritchie's artistry while shooting 'The Covenant'
Jake Gyllenhaal opens up artistic process involved in 'Guy Ritchie's The Covenant' (David Livingston, M McCormack/Getty Images, IMDb)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Secrets of creativity busted! In a recent interview, Jake Gyllenhaal revealed the artistry that goes behind the making of a Guy Ritchie film. Gyllenhaal is all set to appear in 'Guy Ritchie's The Covenant’ where he plays the role of a US sergeant in the hostile land of Afghanistan amidst the Taliban regime.

In an interview with Sean Evans for the famous YouTube show ‘Hot Ones’, the ‘Brothers’ star revealed how the director gave him the creative liberty to “let go” of certain things while shooting. After saying that Ritchie’s “approach to filmmaking is to give an actor a lot of space,” the host asked Gyllenhaal whether he found the approach to be “more daunting,” or “more challenging,” or “more liberating.”


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Gyllenhaal was in all praises for his ‘The Covenant’ director. Talking about the positive aspects of his job, the ‘Zodiac’ actor could be heard saying, “The thing that I love about my job is that you get to work with so many different minds.”



Responding to the question, he said, “With Guy, it was like nothing I’d ever done. He said to me, ‘Don’t memorize any of your lines,’ and the script came in at 50 pages. It wasn’t even a fully written script.”


The ‘Ambulance’ star then continued, “Usually, scripts are like 110 pages, and I was like, ‘What is this?’,” before explaining, “When he first sent it, and then he said, ‘You come to set, and we’ll work on it each day, and then you’ll shoot it.’ It was one of the most inspiring creative experiences I’ve ever had.”

'I am an actor for hire'

Later in the interview, Evans asked the ‘Bubble Boy’ star whether he thinks that “a conflict between an actor and director can yield special results” or that “when everyone’s on the same wavelength” works best. To which the ‘Everest’ star replied, “Sometimes I’ll come to a film and I’m just in someone’s world and I’m doing my job,” before continuing, “I am an actor for hire and I’ve done the work on my character and my character alone. It’s their world to build and I’ll just do that job and try to do it better than they expected.”


However, he revealed further, “Then sometimes you have a connection with someone,” and added, “I believe the best stuff is when we’re most vulnerable.” “I’ve experienced that very rarely where I trust somebody so much they can literally take me anywhere and I’ll go and I open up to them,” shared the ‘Everest’ star. However, he added, “The weird part of that is sometimes it’s not always they’re not always the best movies I’ve made, so it’s a mystery.”

‘Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant’

‘Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant' premieres on April 21 in theaters and has Gyllenhaal essaying the role of an American sergeant in Afghanistan. The Guy Ritchie-directed movie also has Dar Salim portraying the role of an Afghan interpreter during the war in Afghanistan. The movie, released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the USA, and internationally by Amazon Prime Video, has a stellar cast, including the likes of Alexander Ludwig, Antony Starr, Bobby Schofield, Emily Beecham, Jonny Lee Miller, Jason Wong, and Sean Sagar.



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